Since then it’s become the in thing to give up sugar. Sarah Wilson is the highest profile convert, but more than a few friends have been interested or even tried going sugar free.
But I like to think of myself as the pioneer of the 2011 sugar free movement ;)
The reality of giving up on sugar
I gave up sugar for two weeks. I lost a kilo without changing my exercise routine.
Then I made a passionfruit spongecake. And it was divine.
But my relationship with sugar is very different to what it was two months ago.
That said, I think I’m still still addicted to sugar.
But I’m so much better than I was.
It’s hard to give up sugar; it’s everywhere. It’s in everything that your family and friends make for you. In the edible gifts they buy for you.
It was even in my favourite mayonnaise.
I didn’t see a life without sugar as a practical one. So I’ve implemented some new rules:
- Only eat sugar foods if they’re home made by you or someone you know (i.e. not Michele’s Patisserie staff)
- Minimise hidden sugars wherever possible (e.g. only eat Jalna yoghurt, try to minimise high fructose/low fibre fruits)
- If you’re gonna eat something sugary… make sure it’s worth it.
But I’m not always great at keeping to the rules.
Take Tuesday, for example: After a no-sugar day on Monday, I spotted some baked treats on the kitchen table at work. I figured I could have one… because I’d earned it! But I ended up eating about 6 of those little buggers. Then I had a can of (full-strength) Coke. Then I had more treats after lunch.
I’ve realised just how addictive sugar is and how I can’t be trusted when it’s within sniffing distance.
But my biggest change is in soft drink consumption.
How I’m sending shops broke
I used to drink Coke virtually every day. I would say that in the course of a week, it would have evened out to be the equivalent of a 600ml bottle every day.
… and add a couple of bottles of V into the mix each week.
This was costing me a heap of money.
I was known for being a Coke and V girl – back in 1999 I was drinking TWO BOTTLES OF V. A DAY.
Now I’m drinking Coke Zero, Diet Coke… even Pepsi Max. I don’t necessarily enjoy it, but it’s enough to hit the spot. And because I don’t enjoy it, I’m not drinking it as often…
There’s a shop that I drive past every day to and from work… one of those little take away joints that sell burgers and bad coffee, run by hard working people who speak broken English.
I haven’t been in there since last year.
I drove past today and the shop’s closed down.
I think my sugar revolution is impacting on the GFC!